Dwight Vasel

Naturalist Guide

Dwight was born in central Illinois and earned a degree in Radio and Television from Southern Illinois University. His lifelong passion for photography has taken him to the top of skyscrapers, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and even onto the field with the Dallas Cowboys.

Dwight found his “new home” back in 2014 as he prepared to lead his first photography workshop in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The calling of the majestic Teton mountain range and the legendary Yellowstone was too much to ignore. Dwight’s main role at Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris is photography. He leads the 5 day Photography Workshops in the Spring and Fall; as well as the more personal photography trips guests book throughout the season. Dwight’s Fine Art Photography hangs at Gallery Wild in downtown Jackson, where his goal, through photography, is to have an impact on one’s awareness about the conservation and preservation of our wildlife, our landscape and our natural resources in this country.

Although Dwight’s main forte is photography, he also has a love and passion for the flora, fauna, geology and the history of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Before becoming a part of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, Dwight spent the majority of his professional career in Broadcast Television working for PBS, ABC and NBC. Dwight was nominated for 28 Emmy Awards and won 14 Emmy Awards while working for NBC. He also owns and operates a photography business and is an Instructor at TCU (Texas Christian University) for their Digital Photography Program.

In his down time, Dwight enjoys the outdoors; biking, hiking, watching wildlife and he finds that nothing beats a good sunrise or sunset. He also enjoys watching and playing sports of all kinds, listening to music, keeping up on technology and reading a good book from time to time.

Dwight has been married to his wife Carol for 40+ years, raised 4 children, is the owner of 2 rescue dogs and now enjoys being “Gramps” to 9 grandchildren. The family gatherings and backyard cookouts are fun-filled chaos! It’s simply the best; he’s so proud of them all.

Certifications

  • Level I Wildlife Track & Sign / CyberTracker
  • Wilderness First Aid / Wilderness Medicine Institute
  • 14 Emmy Award Wins (NBC)
  • 28 Emmy Award Nominations
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